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Winter Park Report

We received about 3/4 inch yesterday and we’re gladly taking any flakes we get. Skiers were coming in all day with smiles reporting how pleasantly surprised they were with how good the skiing was. For the cautious, rock skis are still in order, but several folks were using their good skis without trouble. Got holiday plans? Don’t change them !!!! We’re on!!!

This is my birdhouse report of the amount of snow that came down yesterday.  We will take all we can get at this point!  Just happy to hear that Winter Park has done so well through this abnormal December.  We may even head out for a ski, if we get everything done at the resort this week

Now on to the burning question the recipe for Turd Cookies

These are the infamous Turd Cookies, or as Troy and his family call them Peanut Blossoms

Made with either chocolate stars or Hershey’s Kisses.  If you need to keep little hands busy having them unwrap all he chocolate kisses was one of the sought after jobs in our family for many years and still is if I bought them.  However chocolate stars bought in bulk are cheaper, just not as fun for small hands.

These are a little putzy requiring you to keep watch on them and roll them in sugar.  Again I usually double the recipe, but I will give you the undoubled one so you pick

1 3/4 cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup BUTTER (You know my issue with margarine)

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1tsp vanilla

small bowl of sugar for rolling

Candy Kisses or Stars

Mix Flour, salt and soda in a bowl and set aside.  Cream (mix together til creamy) butter and peanut butter.  Add sugars brown and white and mix til fluffy.  Add egg, vanilla and mix well.  Stir in dry ingredients.  Rolling the balls, grab small amount of dough and roll into ball.  Grab a kid in the next room and post them by the small bowl with sugar (make sure they have washed their gubby little hands).  Roll the dough ball in the sugar coating it all sides and put on a cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 for a about 8 minutes til the cookies just start flattening out, remove from oven and grab a different kid to press a piece of chocolate on to each coookie and press down firmly so that the coookie cracks around the edges.  Return to the oven and bake 2 more minutes or so

Wah La Turd Cookies aka Peanut Blossoms

Winter Park is adding a new longer snow shoe trail this year and they put the word out they needed some help blazing the trail and since it was a by week for the Green Bay Packers we headed out to give them a hand.   Lots and lots of trimming

While we were out there, Channel 12 was doing a story on the new snowshoe trail and we had them interview the 2, 17 year olds who had to serve some community service time for their AP Goverment Class.  They were reluctant at first but then realized what better evidence that they did their volunteer hours than being on the news

Trimming high and low.  It should be an awesome trail in a few more weeks.  Can’t wait!!

On the way out we spotted a porcupine in a tree.  I did not have my zoom Cannon and had to make do with my Iphone camera.  You can sort of see it in this pic

Mack was with us and I was just happy he had not tangled with this porkie as we had been in this area for over 2 hours

I received this email newsletter from Winter Park and thought I would share.  So much good stuff happening out there but the highlight is a return of tubing and better yet a tow rope to get you back up the hill.  This should be an awesome thing to do this winter and I can’t wait for my first tub run down Squirrel Hill
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Dear Troy & Jenny,

David Bowie sang it almost 40 years ago   …….
and boy is it ever appropriate today around Minocqua Winter Park.

As you’ll read, we’ve been working real hard to bring you a new and improved Winter Park experience while maintaining all of the good things you’ve come to expect from one of your favorite xc ski destinations.  Along with the physical changes, there’s a renewed energy around the park that veterans haven’t seen the likes of in years.  When I accepted the position of Executive Director this summer I set two general goals to help build upon the good things that all of my predecessors (in particular, Keith Smith who really started the ball rolling four years ago) had accomplished  – 1) improve the overall value of the MWP experience and 2) help make Winter Park more of a Winter Park.  Read on to see how we’ve gotten a pretty good jump on those goals

Thanks so much for being a part of MWP’s eNewsletter group.  As the new guy in charge at Winter Park, it feels great to be “giving back” energy to a place that has provided me with so much positive energy over the years.  And, as you’ve read, there certainly has been a lot of energy put into so many different areas of Winter Park by so many different people.  If you are one of those folks,
thank you, thank you, thank you!  Everyone will enjoy the results of your time and talents.
The Skiers
Have fun, and we’ll ski you soon,

Jim DiDomenico
Executive Director
Minocqua Winter Park & Nordic Center

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We heard that call that Winter Park needed help with storm clean up.  Trails were full of downed trees and sticks that would get caught in the groomer.  We headed out to the park just 7.5 miles from the resort to give a hand and met up with one of our former guests Linda Wrobel and her husband John who have made helping out at Winter Park one of the things they enjoy working on, while enjoying their Northwoods retirement.


Open area in front of the chalet, the former Squirrel Hill where folks down hill skied until about 1980.  Now rumor has it Winter Park is exploring ways of making part of this hill approved for sledding which would be a great thing for the area.  Finding a public spot for sledding is hard with insurance companies and this is a perfect hill as you can see for sledders.  Lets hope they work out all the details


End of the trail for driving only walking ahead.


Off for a beautiful afternoon walking the trails.  We cleaned up VO2 Max trail.  Anyone that has survived that trail skiing knows what my legs feel like from hiking it.


My favorite pic of the day.  We got an additional 5 inches of snow last night and this morning.  The trees were loaded and it was beautiful to look out off the hill at the snow still coming down through the pines.  Good news is our problems with our plow truck are on the way to being fixed.  Truck has a new exhaust system which was planned for maintence.  The plow on the other hand is a different story.  Troy and Steve spent an entire day last week getting the plow off the truck and up to the shop.  We are at the mercy of the mechanic at the plow shop who is swamped at the moment.  Good thing the folks coming today have 4 wheel drive, as it is going to be a few days yet before the resort gets plowed out.  Maybe we can bribe him with Christmas cookies or cranberry bread



Digging out the old fashioned way.  Between last week and this weeks storm snow is definitely pilling up.  I had skiers out at Winter Park last weekend reporting good conditions.  Vilas County snowmobile trails open on Wednesday and Oneida’s trails open on Thursday.  Looks like it will be a good Christmas to New Years conditions for playing in the snow.  I also saw my first crazy Ice Fishermen on Lake Katherine this last weekend


More pics off the hill


Bows and Bells are up now if we could just get the driveway plowed we will be ready for Christmas


Beautiful fall Sunday afternoon and a Packer’s Bi week.  Time to head out of the house to the road less traveled.  This road is Camp 9 at the end of Lower Kaubashine.  It leds out to our destination Squirrel Hill (aka Winter Park x-country ski area)  The road goes from paved to gravel to dirt.  No houses just lots of trees and spotty cell phone reception.  We headed out to see the fall colors off of Squirrel Hill the center of what is now known as Winter Park


Fire Tower that sits atop Squirrel Hill


The name has changed to Winter Park but at least the road still has the old name.  Squirrel Hill used to be a small local down hill ski area combined with x country skiing.  It had 2 tow ropes.  During the early 80’s insurance rates and vandelism forced its closure.  It reopened as a strictly x country park owned by the town of Mincoqua, and is now one of the best x country spots in Wisconsin.  On New Years Eve each year, they open up the front slope for sledding and it is fun to take a trip down the big hill again


Gate across the road forces you to enjoy a quiet and colorful walk up the hill



Many a teenager has taken a dare and climbed the steps to the top.  I am not sure if the top of the tower is still open and was not going to test the stairway.  With age comes wisdom


view off the hill with the color.  I believe the lake in the background is Squirrel Lake


Leaving Winter Park drivers in the winter have a choice, the safe and longer way out to Hwy 70, or brave the unplowed Camp 9 and Scotchman Lake roads better known as glorified snowmobile trails.  Many white knuckled drives have been done back to the resort.  Linda and John will also tell you a wild tale of picking up a hitchhiker on camp 9 with a chain saw and gun along the side of the road


On the way back to the resort we made a pit stop for a Geo Cache at Mercer Springs.  Living here my entire life it still amazes me the small out of the way places Geo Caching will led you that I never knew about.  Mercer Springs I assume somehow connects to Mercer Lake


Geo Cache spotted and logged.  Not a hard one


Bringing along a kayak and a fishing pole would have been a good idea.  Neat out of the way place.  Topped the afternoon with a caramel apple at Mincoqua Fudge